Maintenance Mechanic

Hampton, Virginia
May 11, 2021
May 18, 2021
Full Time


Responsible for the coordination and completion of maintenance on utility systems and building maintenance at the Hampton VA Medical Center.
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Serves as a journeyman level maintenance mechanic and will complete a wide variety of installation, preventive maintenance, and repairs on mechanical, electrical, and building systems. Incumbent will be responsible for troubleshooting to identify problems with equipment or system, determining proper repairs necessary, obtaining necessary parts from stock or by submitting a parts request order to supervisor, isolation of equipment or system using the lock out/tag out program, completion of repairs, and all testing necessary prior to putting equipment or system back in service. Most repairs will be completed while working independently of other Engineering Service shops.

Maintenance that requires additional manpower or technical knowledge will be coordinated and completed with assistance of other Engineering Service journeyman shop personnel. Incumbent will receive work orders for repairs and will use established preventive maintenance (PM) schedules for direction of work. All work will be documented on PM schedules and work orders. The incumbent will also provide Engineering support for the Administrative Officer On Duty (AOD) and will respond to all Engineering related calls including mechanical, electrical, and other building and equipment maintenance needs on evenings and weekends.

Mechanical Systems: Incumbent will be responsible for operation, preventive maintenance, and repair on a variety of mechanical systems including HVAC systems, steam, plumbing, sewer, medical air, medical vacuum, and oxygen. HVAC systems will include water cooled and air cooled chillers, piping, air handling units, fan coil units, pumps, valves, pneumatic and DOC controls, thermostats, and other system components. Incumbent will change HVAC filters throughout the station based on a preventive maintenance schedule. Steam system maintenance will include convectors, valves, piping, steam traps, pumps, and other components of the steam distribution systems. Plumbing repairs will include piping and all connected fixtures.

Electrical Systems: Incumbent will be initial responder to electrical calls on evenings and weekends. Incumbent will be responsible for electrical maintenance including troubleshooting and repair of electrical components and controls on HVAC systems. Incumbent will make electrical repairs including reset of breakers to restore power, and minor repairs to lights, receptacles, and other electrical equipment. Repairs that require additional journeyman level repair will be referred to the Electric Shop.

Building Maintenance: Incumbent will be initial responder to work requests involving building maintenance to walls, floors, ceilings, doors, etc. on evenings and weekends. Incumbent will make emergency repairs as necessary. All major repairs will be referred to the Building Maintenance Shop.

Performs other directly related duties as assigned.

Must possess and maintain a current state driver's license.
Must possess a Universal Refrigerant Recovery Certification

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Midnight to 8am. Must have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: Maintenance Mechanic/2751
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must possess a Universal Refrigerant Recovery Certification. Must provide a copy.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must possess and maintain a current state drivers license. MUST provide a copy.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/21/2021.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards .

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligible are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
  • Materials
  • Measuring Instruments
  • Technical Practices
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Without more than normal supervision
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Conditions. Required to push, pull, reach, walk, kneel, bend, and occasionally work in hard to reach places. Occasionally lifts objects over 50 pounds. Work is sometimes performed on ladders and platforms.

Working Conditions. Working conditions will expose incumbent to hazardous areas including the chiller plant, crawl spaces, and mechanical rooms where employee will be exposed to dirt, dust, heat, noise, and moving equipment. Incumbent will also work on roof top HVAC units and will be exposed to extreme outdoor temperatures and precipitation. Protective equipment including hard hat, safety glasses, goggles, dust mask, safety shoes, hearing protection and gloves must be worn when necessary. Personal protective equipment will be provided by VAMC.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

Financial disclosure not required.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • State Driver's License
  • Certification - Universal Technician for Refrigerant Recovery
  • Resume

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • State Driver's License
  • Certification - Universal Technician for Refrigerant Recovery
  • Proof of Marriage Status
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .